Nominations are open for the 2019
"Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award

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01 November 2018

2018 "Holiday Magic"

Dick Joiner is once again presenting "Holiday Magic" with performances in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Ontario.  This is a family style variety show raising much needed funds for the Shriners and their work for children's charities.

To support the show or to attend, tickets are available at 1-844-878-5271 (or last minute at the door if seating is available).  Doors for all shows open 30 minutes prior to curtain time.

The main show format features Neil Croswell and Ashley (just back from six months of cruise ship work), Craig Douglas our comedy juggler (a client favorite) and Ivan who will be presenting a Chair Stacking act + the Cyi wheel.  All shows are hosted by Dick Joiner.


Show dates and cities for this year:
  •     Nov 2nd 7pm -- Savoy Theatre, Glace Bay.
  •     Nov 3rd 1pm and 4pm -- Theatre in the square, New Glasgow.
  •     Nov 4th 1pm -- Cobequid Education Centre Theatre. Truro
  •     Nov 5th 7pm -- Capital Theatre, Moncton.
  •     Nov 6th 7pm -- Horton High School Theatre, Wolfville
  •     Nov 7th  7pm -- The Y'Ark Playhouse Theatre, Yarmouth
  •     Nov 8th 7pm -- Bella Rose Theatre. Halifax.
  •     Nov 9th 7pm -- Le Carrefour Theatre, Charlottetown PEI.
  •     Nov 10th 1pm -- Bathurst High School Theatre. Bathurst.
  •     Nov 11th 1pm -- Bernard- Poirier Theatre, Fredericton.
  •     Nov 12th 7pm -- Imperial Theatre, St John
  •     Nov 21st 7pm -- Capital Theatre, Windsor.
  •     Nov 22nd 7pm -- Sarnia Lib. Theatre. Sarnia
  •     Nov 23rd. 7pm -- Forest City Church Theatre. London
  •     Nov 24th 1pm -- Humanities Theatre, Kitchener.
  •     Nov 24th 1pm -- Sanderson Centre, Brantford.
  •     Nov 26th 7pm -- Capital Theatre, Chatham
  •     Nov 27th 7pm -- Mowhawk Theatre, Hamilton
  •     Nov 28th 7pm -- Seneca Queen Theatre, Niagara Falls.
  •     Nov 29th 7pm -- Georgian Theatre, Barrie.
  •     Dec 4th 7pm -- Empire Theatre Belleville
  •     Dec 5th 7pm -- Rose Theatre, Brampton
  •     Dec 10th 7pm -- 34 Catharine St. St Catherines.

A smaller show consisting of Dick Joiner, Craig Douglas and Magic Mike will be offered on the following dates and venues:
  •     Nov 20th 7pm -- Masonic Centre, St. Thomas
  •     Dec 6th 7pm -- Market Centre, Woodstock
  •     Dec 7th -- Avondale Church Theatre. Stratford.


FOR TICKETS call: 1-844-878-5271


[with thanks to Dick Joiner for sending this information along]

09 January 2018

2017 Readers' Choice award results

Thank you all for participating in the spirit in which the awards were intended:  a fun way to recognize and celebrate all of the fabulous talent in our country.

One hundred and seven votes were cast in this "bragging rights" only contest.  This year there was an option to add a comment to your vote.  My favourite comment?  "I hope no one can see I voted for myself..."  (Bonus points to you if you can guess who wrote that.)

Here are the results of our second annual  "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award!

Beacons of Inspiration (in alphabetical order by surname)


2017 Beacon of Inspiration: Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown
Nominated by dmdlfyer.

It is clear from his multiple nominations that Ryan has worked hard to get this far in his career.  He is an inspiration to the students at his alma mater.   Ryan continues to stretch himself by seeking opportunities to learn with and from world class magicians.

Website: RyanBrownMagic.com




2017 Beacon of Inspiration: Neil Croswell

Neil Croswell
Nominated by Anonymous.

In 2017, Neil appeared on "Masters of Illusion" and performed across Asia which helped raise money for charitable causes in Sri Lanka.

Neil's Asia appearances include the "Knights of Illusion" magic show held in Colombo, Sri Lanka alongside Michael Finney and Xavier Mortimer.  He also performed 32 stage shows in Beijing, China at the annual "Happy Valley International Magic Festival."  This year, Neil performed over 300 shows across five countries.


Website: NeilCroswellMagic.com



Caiden Finch (12 yo)
Nominated by Phil Matlin.

Caiden was the youngest nominee in 2017.  It is clear to me that he is on a similar trajectory as the others nominated this year.  He is a hard worker, who actively seeks out feedback, and implements advice received.  I had the pleasure of meeting Caiden at Sorcerers Safari in 2016.  I have no doubt we'll continue to hear wonderful things about him as the years progress!

Website:



2017 Beacon of Inspiration: Murray and Teresa Hatfield

Murray and Teresa Hatfield
Nominated by The Magic Demon.

The Hatfields had another amazing year! Murray and Teresa Hatfield starred in and produced their second ever extraordinary magic and illusions-filled phantasmagoria "Unbelievable" at this summer's PNE in Vancouver. It was again one of the the most inspiring and entertaining stadium-scale magical events Vancouver has ever seen.

Additionally, Murray and Teresa amazed on season 4 of Penn and Teller Fool Us this year where Penn said of their performance "I haven't seen a better version of Metamorphosis ever." Murray is also the President of the Canadian Association of Magicians.


Website: MurrayHatfieldMagic.com




Editor's Choice


2017 Editor's Choice: Julie Eng
Julie Eng
Nominated by James Alan.

Along with running programs such as "Senior Sorcery" and "My Magic Hands," in 2017 Julie was also a major driving force behind the publication of "The Magic of Johnny Thompson," Magic Live (as performer, presenter, and host), Magicana's Magic Collectors Weekend, Magicana's A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities (as publisher, project manager) and the CBC's show Magic and Science.  I'm exhausted just thinking about it all!

Somehow, while doing all of that, Julie still found time to be the Executive Director at Magicana.


Website: magicienne.com



Readers' Choice

2017 Winner: Benzi Train
Benzi Train
Nominated by Ari.

Congratulations to Benzi for winning the 2017 Readers' Choice award!

Keep up your great work with the Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club, Newest Trick in the Book and Toronto Magic Company!













09 December 2017

Vote now for the 2017 Readers' Choice award

Reader's Choice logo 
The nominations are closed and voting is now open for the 2017 "Readers' Choice Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year" award!  Voting will close on Saturday, December the 23rd at 11:59pm EST.

To vote, scroll down to the bottom of this post and participate in the poll.  (Unfortunately, the poll does not appear in the mobile version of the site.)

Let's have a look at the nominees (in no particular order):


2017 Nominee: Caiden Finch
Caiden Finch (12 yo)
Nominated by Phil Matlin.
"He has performed on stage for paying audience and I might say he was great. His magic was excellent. He was dressed for the occasion. He had a themed routine and what I really liked was that came in [to Perfect Magic] about week before the show and asked for some advice. I talked, he listened and implemented 95% of it in his show."

I had the pleasure of meeting Caiden at Sorcerers Safari in 2016.  He's a fine young man with a bright future ahead of him!

Website:



2017 Nominee: Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown
Nominated by dmdlfyer.
"Ryan started performing magic very early in school. While he was in my class, he would bargain his work completion in order to go to the kindergarten class and perform his latest trick. He continued to perform and cam back several years to perform free at our school's fun fair. True school and community spirit. Ryan has inspired many of the students to believe in their dream and to work hard to achieve it. He continues to seek advancement in his craft by seeking peer help and taking classes taught by more experienced magicians. In 2017 Ryan performed at Screemers at Exhibition Place Toronto in October. Great show Ryan!!  Increased his knowledge of magic by taking classes in Las Vegas with the master of masks and magical knowledge, Jeff McBride earlier this year."


"Ryan Brown is an example of a young man who knew what he wanted to accomplish, kept focused under difficult conditions, and has achieved it - a life in magic. Not only is he talented, he is a joy to work with, both personally and professionally. My agency had the pleasure of mentoring and booking Ryan from early in his career. He takes his magic very seriously, and is constantly working to raise the bar on his show and learn from others. He is worthy of an award."


"The magic or Ryan Brown. I have known Ryan for many years and not only is he a close friend but amazing magician who is dedicating his life to magic and works extremely hard so he definitely deserves an award."


"I'd like to nominate Ryan Brown ("The Magic of Ryan Brown"). I've known Ryan since he was a youth and was shown his first magic tricks. From that point on, Ryan became dedicated to learning the craft, and perfecting tricks and routines. He recently won a scholarship to an exclusive magic school in Las Vegas where he had opportunity to perfect his craft further. Ryan creates routines to amaze his audiences with thought to ages he he performing in front of. He continues to create illusions himself. Seeing a performance by Ryan is nothing short of amazing. "


"I second all these nominations of Ryan. I have worked with as his assistant. And he is always improving and raising the bar, trying and accomplishing new tricks and striving to be the best magician he can be. "


"I nominate Ryan Brown because having known him since he was 15, I have seen him hold fast to his dream of being a professional magician in the face of having his mother suffer a devastating illness when Ryan was age 11.

As a result Ryan had to grow up in a blue collar single parent household in a low income area, having to overcome many obstacles in order to be where he is today."


"Many years ago, I gave Ryan Brown his first opportunity to perform professionally. Seeing his accomplishments to date astounds me, just like his magic does.

Ryan continues to diversify his act. In 2017 he added new stage illusions and executed them flawlessly in his own style. As Ryan moves to the next phase of his career, I can't help but be inspired by his daily dedication to the craft of magic. New wardrobe, new card manipulation, new stage illusions, he's been hard at work this year.

On a personal level, 2017 was an extra challenging year for Ryan, with the passing of his father. Ryan's first performance on a Las Vegas stage this past September would have made him very proud.

It is for these reasons that I nominate Ryan Brown for "Inspirational Canadian Magician of the Year"."


Website: RyanBrownMagic.com




2017 Nominee: Neil Croswell

Neil Croswell
Nominated by Anonymous.
"I would like to nominate Neil Croswell. I have watched Neil devote his life to magic from a young age and he has stuck to his vision from day one. His determination and work ethic over the years make him an inspiration as well as his countless awards and international TV appearances (Fool Us, etc.). In 2017, he appeared on "Masters of Illusion" , completed 250+ shows on a cruise in the Bahamas, and performed internationally across Asia which helped raise money for charitable causes in Sri Lanka. To accomplish what he has at his age, I believe, is an inspiration to Canadian magicians with goals of a professional career. "

Neil's Asia appearances include the "Knights of Illusion" magic show held in Colombo, Sri Lanka alongside Michael Finney and Xavier Mortimer.  He also performed 32 stage shows in Beijing, China at the annual "Happy Valley International Magic Festival."  This year, Neil performed over 300 shows across five countries.


Website: NeilCroswellMagic.com



 

2017 Nominee: Julie Eng
Julie Eng
Nominated by James Alan.

Along with running programs such as "Senior Sorcery" and "My Magic Hands," this year Julie has had a few other things on the go!
 

"The Magic of Johnny Thompson": Julie has been project managing the production and publication of "The Magic of Johnny Thompson." Her roles include: photographer, photo editor, and editor.

Magic Live - performer, presenter, and host: Julie was invited back (for the third time since 2015!) to co-host all the general sessions with Jonathan Levit. Sometimes hosting meant interviewing interesting magic characters, like the one-and-only David Williamson, or being part of something like a “show and tell” with Levent (where he talked about 3D printing).

Magicana - Magic Collectors Weekend - producer, host, project manager:  As part of Magicana, Julie staged and produced a Magic History Conference called the Magic Collectors Weekend in Montreal (first time out of the USA).  It coincided with the opening of Illusions: The Art of Magic poster exhibition featuring some of the top-drawer posters from the newly acquired Allan Slaight Collection of posters.

Magicana - A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities -  publisher, project manager: This year, Julie also worked closely with Dr. Eddie Dawes and his family to start the process of publishing the historical series A Rich Cabinet of Curiosities (published in the Magic Circle’s organ the Magic Circular). Magicana will produce and release Dr Dawes's collected monthly series in an epic, multi-volume compendium spanning forty years, of over 450 articles. The first volume is now in the works and with hopes of getting an edition out by the late fall of 2018 or perhaps early 2019.

Magic and Science - performer, host, presenter: Julie was included as part of the Magic and Science special, one-hour documentary for CBC’s "The Nature of Things: which will air sometime in the early part of 2018. Julie acts as “host” and helps to link the segments together, performing a bit of magic along the way. This is Julie's first major television piece.

Somehow, while doing all of that, Julie still found time to be the Executive Director at Magicana.


Website: magicienne.com




2017 Nominee: Murray and Teresa Hatfield

Murray and Teresa Hatfield
Nominated by The Magic Demon.
"The Magic Demon nominates Murray and Teresa Hatfield for starring in and producing their second ever extraordinary magic and illusions-filled phantasmagoria "Unbelievable" at this summer's PNE in Vancouver. For the second year in a row, it was again one of the the most inspiring and entertaining stadium-scale magical events Vancouver has ever seen."

In addition, Murray and Teresa amazed on season 4 of Penn and Teller Fool Us this year where Penn said of their performance "I haven't seen a better version of Metamorphosis ever." Murray is also the President of the Canadian Association of Magicians.


Website: MurrayHatfieldMagic.com



 

2017 Nominee: Benzi Train
Benzi Train
Nominated by Ari.
"I nominate Benzi Train because of his tireless work over the years to promote the performance of live magic in Toronto and his efforts at the Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club and bringing in of top quality lecturers to our community. His (and partner Jonah Babbins) show Newest Trick in the Book gives any magician a venue/opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. He has inspired many magicians to challenge themselves creatively or to even perform live."


Supporting information from Steven Lafond:
"I second the nomination for Ben Train for his incredible work with the Toronto Magic Company. He is an amazing performer and producer and has worked very hard to keep magic alive in the Toronto performing arts scene."


Supporting information from Natasha:
"I’m nominating Ben Train for all the work he’s done for the Toronto magic community. Besides becoming one of the most popular performers in the city, Ben also founded the Toronto Magic Company and produces different magic shows every week across the city. Whether working with aspiring young magicians to give them the confidence to go on stage, provide professionals with new opportunities to share their magic, or bringing the best magic in the world to Toronto for public shows and lectures, there isn’t anyone in the city doing more for magic than Ben."


Website: BenTrain.ca




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03 October 2017

2017 "Holiday Magic"

Dick Joiner is once again presenting "Holiday Magic" with performances in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I., and Ontario.  This is a family style variety show raising much needed funds for the Shriners and their work for children's charities.

If you would like to attend one of the shows, please call 1-877-948-6626 for ticket availability and information.

The East Coast Tour features:

The Ontario Tour features:

Scroll down to see the show dates (or download the PDF from Philae-Shriners.com):

East Coast:
  • Nov 4th 1pm show. Gwendolyn Kent Auditorium. Bathurst N.B.
  • Nov 5th 1pm show. Bernard Poirier Theatre. Fredericton. N.B.
  • Nov 6th 7pm show. Capitol Theatre. Moncton. N.B.
  • Nov 7th 7pm show. Horton High Theatre. Wolfville. N.S.
  • Nov 8th. 7pm show. Th'Yark Playhouse Theatre. Yarmouth. N.S.
  • Nov 9th. 5pm and 7.15pm shows. Bella Rose Theatre. Halifax. N.S.
  • Nov 10th. 7pm show Savoy Theatre. Glace Bay. N.S.
  • Nov 11th. 1pm and 4pm shows.Glasgow Square Theatre New Glasgow. N.S.
  • Nov12th. 1pm and 4pm shows.  I'Isle-Saint-Jean Theatre. Charlottetown . P.E.I.
  • Nov 13th 7pm show. Cobequid Ed Centre. Truro N.S.
  • Nov 14th 7pm show. Imperial Theatre. Saint John N.B.

Ontario:
  • Nov 18th 1pm show. Catherine Street Auditorium. St. Catharines.
  • Nov 20th 7pm show. Capital Theatre. Windsor.
  • Nov 21st 7pm show. Kiwanis Theatre. Chatham.
  • Nov 22nd. 7pm show. Library Theatre. Sarnia.
  • Nov 24th. 7pm show Forest City. London.
  • Nov 28th 7pm show. Empire Theatre. Belleville.
  • Nov 30th. 7pm show. Rose Theatre. Brampton.
  • Dec 1st. 7pm show. Sanderson Theatre. Brantford
  • Dec 2nd. 1pm show. Humanities Theatre. Waterloo
  • Dec 8th. 7pm show Seneca Queen Theatre, Niagara Falls
  • Dec 16th. 1pm and 4pm shows. Meadowvale Theatre. Mississauga


FOR TICKETS call: 1-877-948-6626. 


[with thanks to Dick Joiner for sending this information along]

12 July 2017

Neil Croswell on "Masters of Illusion"

Watch Neil's appearance on last week's episode of  "Masters of Illusion."

From Neil Croswell's Facebook page:

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26 June 2017

Canadians on Masters of Illusions 2017

Updated June 28th to add Billy Kidd at the bottom of the post!

Roll call, please!

So far I've got Neil Croswell and Shawn Farquhar.  Who am I missing?


From Neil Croswell's Facebook page:

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From Shawn Farquhar's Instagram account:





From Billy Kidd's Twitter feed:
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12 October 2016

Neil Croswell's 2016 Fall tour

From the Facebook page of James Carey Lauder:

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20 September 2016

Neil Croswell on "Penn and Teller Fool Us" Season 3

Continuing the theme of Canadian magicians on "Penn and Teller Fool Us," have a look at Neil Croswell's recent appearance.

From the YouTube channel of Neil Croswell Magic:

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06 September 2016

[Guest post] Can Canada's top mentalists fool Penn and Teller?

The following is a guest post from Clive Court.

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MEET THE EVASONS---THEY READ A LOT OF MINDS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. BUT CAN THEY FOOL PENN AND TELLER?

TORONTO,Ont--(Sept.1)   The Evasons are a Toronto couple who make a good living reading the minds of corporate and political leaders on the U.S. East Coast.

On Wednesday, Sept.7, at 8pm.ET, they will challenge the famous Las Vegas magical duo on Penn and Teller:Fool Us! the popular primetime series on the the CW Network.

Recognized as one of the world's top mentalism acts, The Evasons appear to be part of an emerging trend which is bringing more magical and visual entertainers to primetime TV audiences in the United States.

Network TV series like NBC's America's Got Talent, CW's Masters of Illusion, and Penn and Teller:Fool Us! are introducing a greater number of magical and visual entertainers to North American viewers.  This, in turn, has meant more exposure for Canadian magicians.

Why is this?  Because Canadian magical entertainers are ranked among the best in the world by other nations. The Evasons are known worldwide for their second-sight act where a blindfolded Tessa describes in intimate detail the personal items held up by members of the audience.

Although based in Toronto and Annapolis, Maryland (just outside Washington,DC) Jeff and Tessa are in demand around the world as entertainers for major corporate and international conventions.

Born in Toronto, Jeff met Tessa in the early 80s while hosting a fashion show where she was a model. Tessa was working part-time while studying at Ryerson University. They have been together since 1983.



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For further information, photos and video:  Please go to www.evasons.com.

NB.  A great example of a Canadian magician appearing on a US network primetime show was Winnipeg's Darcy Oake introducing guest artists from The Illusionists (on Broadway) on the August 31 edition of America's Got Talent.  Among the other Canadian magicians appearing on US primetime TV this summer were: Shawn Farquhar, Murray SawChuck, and Vitaly Beckman (from Vancouver); Mahdi Gilbert, Neil Croswell, Ryan Joyce, and Matt DiSero (from Toronto); and world-champion magician, Greg Frewin, from Niagara Falls.


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Thank you Clive for guest posting at Canada's Magic!

07 June 2016

20 amazing alumni from Sorcerers Safari


No matter how you slice it, camp just wouldn’t be camp without campers!  It shouldn’t surprise you that Neil Croswell (gold medal ‘Magic of China, International Magic Championships” 2015), Bill Cook (three-time award winner at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas), and Kelvin Kwong (first place Magi-Fest junior close-up, second place IBM junior close-up) have all attended.  Without a doubt, Sorcerers Safari attracts multi-talented and amazing youth.  To mark their upcoming 20th anniversary, flip to page 108 of the 26th edition of VANISH magazine and have a look at "20 amazing alumni from Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp."




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The 2016 season of Sorcerers Safari will run from Sunday August 7th through Friday August 12th, 2016. For more information, or to register, please visit SorcerersSafari.ca

24 May 2016

Diary of a Sorcerers Safari newbie - part 5

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A camper's notebook. Photo by Rosemary Reid
A camper's notebook.

Day 2: Saturday August 15th (cont)*
5pm
Camp swim is so much fun!  We get to use huge inner tubes to float in the docks at the lake.  Eric Leclerc went out of the designated area in an inner tube, to get a ball that floated away.  It was funny to watch him try and paddle with his hands!  There’s a slide that goes into the lake and a super high platform that you can jump off of too.
Inner tubes are fun! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Inner tubes are fun!

Squeezing more magic in before the swim. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Squeezing more magic in before the swim.

We had “performance workshop” where some campers performed something and everyone got to tell them what they liked about it and what they thought could be improved.  Some kids got up and did things that we just learned at electives today!  Everyone seems really supportive and encouraging here.  No one was mean about it.  
Then we played the “Umm” game.  It’s where you have to talk as long as you can about an assigned topic (think unicorns, chocolate, soccer, etc) without saying things like “umm” or “ahh.”  It’s hard!  (And fun to watch!)  Now I know that I need to script my performances because I’m not so good at improvising!

Performance workshop. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Performance workshop.



10pm
What a night!  We ate chicken burgers and chocolate mousse!  At the theatre we watched video messages for us from magicians from Las Vegas and other places in the US.  Apparently there’s a camper show later in the week.  I wonder if I have anything good enough to do for the show...

The evening performance was mind blowing.  Mike Close, Eric, Sheldon Casavant, Scott Hammell, Neil Croswell and Ashley Da Silva are all fabulous.  I got to see dove magic live for the first time.  Neil made birds appear out of NOWHERE. 

Mike Close. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Mike Close.


Eric Leclerc.  Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Eric Leclerc.



Neil Croswell and Ashley Da Silva. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Neil Croswell and Ashley Da Silva.

Rosemary Reid, Mark Correia, and Chris Mayhew did lip syncs tonight.  I laughed so hard when Chris “blah, blah, blahed” his way through "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé.
Chris Mayhew channeling Beyoncé. Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Chris Mayhew channeling Beyoncé.


After that we had a beach party -- wait for it -- on the beach!  There was fire floating in the lake (I’d never seen that before).  We had fries and chicken nuggets and fried zucchini for snack.  Phil DaCosta, the DJ, had everyone moving and doing the limbo and forming conga lines.  I liked it when he played the “Cha Cha Slide” and “Uptown Funk.”  I complained when my counsellor said I had to leave early ‘cause I’m so little.  Secretly I’m glad I’m back at the cabin.  I’m pooped.
How low can you go? Photo by James Carey Lauder.
How low can you go?



Beach party! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
Beach party!


More beach party! Photo by James Carey Lauder.
More beach party!

 
To be continued ...


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The 2016 season of Sorcerers Safari will run from Sunday August 7th through Friday August 12th, 2016. For more information, or to register, please visit SorcerersSafari.ca



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* The “Diary of a Sorcerers Safari Newbie” is primarily based on the 2015 camp season.  It is an aggregate of many perspectives, and at times includes events from previous years.

24 December 2014

Congratulations to Neil Croswell!

From Clive Court's Facebook page:


20 April 2014

Charlottetown: Neil Croswell

From Clive Court:
This illusion is a modern variation on the Broomstick suspension which actually dates back to Robert-Houdin, the founder of modern stage magic. and beyond. It has it's origins in Asian priestcraft and street magic. Last New Year's Eve Neil appeared on the world's leading TV variety show from Paris, Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde. 
Read more.

Watch Neil Croswell perform the Microphone Stand Suspension in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island:




29 December 2013

Croswell and Forget on Le plus grand cabaret du monde

From Magic Stripped with Richard Forget's Facebook page:
What are ya doing New Years Eve? If you get channel TV5 in your area watch Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde. It will be a four hour extravaganza of the best variety acts from around the world. There's even a countdown. I know because we did it at the beginning of this month!! 
This was my third time on the show and definitely my most favorite. Check it out.
On the show I performed my classic act, An Urban Phantasy.  
Read more.

From Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde:
Visuels :
Neil Croswell : magicien colombes
Richard Forget : magie avec feu 
Read more.

19 October 2012

Shrine Fantasy Show

It's the time of year for the Shrine Fantasy Show!  From their website:
The Shrine Fantasy Show will amaze, surprise, and entertain the entire family when it comes to your town this autumn. This magical extravaganza which includes magic, illusions, juggling acts, comedy, and more, is filled with imagination and showmanship. 
For years the Shrine Fantasy has toured the country entertaining thousands with new acts.

What’s more, just by coming out to share in the fun and excitement, you will assist in creating true magic in your community through support of worthy causes. A portion of all proceeds from Shrine Fantasy will benefit the many Shrine activities.
Participating talent includes:  Dick Joiner, Patrice MeunierFantasy Circus, Neil Croswell, John Park, Johnny Toronto, Michael Bourada, Sheldon Casavant, Greg Tarlin, and Damien James (performers vary by province).

Schedule and ticket information at the Shrine Fantasy Show website.

18 April 2012

"Best Magician Contest 2012" results

From Arthur Poon:
After two hours of non-stop competition, “Best Magician Contest 2012” finally finished under the joy and good memories.

All of the contestants had shown their wonderful performance successfully, and all of the audiences were having a wonderful night!

In here, I would like to congratulate again those magicians who won the prizes in the competition!

Here is the result:
“Best Magician Contest 2012” 1st runner up: Jeffrey Tong
“Best Magician Contest 2012” Champion: Ryan Brown
“Best Magician Contest 2012” The Most Favourable Magician of the night: Neil Croswell

P.S. The Most Favourable Magician is chosen by all of the audience sending text message to complete the vote.

Read more.

08 April 2012

Toronto: Best magician semifinalists

From Arthur Poon:
After the discussion between A1 Chinese Radio and the judges, these are the people who will compete in the final round (no particular order):


These talented competitors are chosen from all of the wonderful competitors in Toronto. The competition will be unquestionably enjoyable, and you should come to watch the final without any regrets.

Date: April 14, 2012
Time: Saturday night at 7:30pm
Location: Market Village at 4390 Steels Ave. East (located at Steeles and Kennedy Ave.)
Entrance fee: FREE!!!!
 
Please remember that Mr. Wayne Houchin ---- world class famous magician and illusionist will be performing at the competition. Make sure you and your friends & families will be at Market Village on time!
 
SEE YOU GUYS ALL THERE AT MARKET VILLAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

26 March 2012

Got Talent: Montréal and semifinalists

The Montréal Canada's Got Talent auditions featured a fun act by Benoit Fournier and David Gaudet.

The second episode of the night had the judges reviewing the 244 promoted acts and attempting to select only 36 acts go to the semifinals. 

Here's a big shout out to all of the magicians featured on the show: Vladimir the Great, Neil Croswell, Ryan Joyce, Mike D'Urzo, Warren Toaze, Jordan Murciano, Edward Stone, Lucas WilsonOslen and Benoit Fournier.  You all did a fabulous job of representing the magic community and raising the profile of magic in the mainstream media with your appearances on CGT!

Unfortunately, of the 36 acts, there was a glimpse of only one magician.  It went by fast and looked like it could have been Oslen from the Vancouver auditions.

Congratulations Oslen!  We're rooting for you!



Edited at 7:00am to add:
  • From Canada Newswire:

    With Canada's overwhelming number of talented performers to choose from, the judges could not contain the number of semifinalists to just 37. Subsequently, two additional acts from the You Tube 'Last Chance Auditions,' sponsored by Nissan, will also be included, bringing the total number of semifinalists to 39. These two acts - the highest vote-getter and one selected by the judges - will be revealed during the first live results show on April 3. 
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19 March 2012

Got Talent: Toronto and Vancouver do!

Updated July 2017.  Audition video and other video links have been removed as they are no longer available to view.

Welcome iTricks readers. We hope you enjoy your stay! (And thanks iTricks, for the nice shout out!)

[Edited:


  • Mar 22 to add link of Lucas being interviewed on CGT Backstage.
  • Mar 21 to identify Jordan Murciano and to include links for Edward Stone's and Jordan's Toronto auditions and to embed video of Oslen's Vancouver audition.
  • Mar 19 at 7:40pm to identify Warren Toaze, embed YouTube clips and add CGT Backstage link.]
On Canada's Got Talent last night we saw a number of talented magicians!
 
From Toronto Auditions Part 2 (at about the 14 minute mark) we saw clips from, the Neil Croswell segment posted last week, Ryan Joyce, Mike D'Urzo, a gentleman with a cigarette in his ear Warren Toaze and Jordan Murciano a young man with fire in his hand.  It's too bad that they were all spliced together in what felt like under 30 seconds.  Somewhere in there there was also a glimpse of Edward Stone.  They were followed by Lucas Wilson doing a timed, suspended, world record breaking straitjacket escape!  Watch the video of Graeme O'Neil interviewing Lucas on CGT Backstage.
[Thanks to Ian Crawford and Graeme O'Neil for providing Warren Toaze's name!  Thanks also to Edward Stone for pointing me to the Roger's Video Anytime clips!]
Roger's Anyplace TV streamed video of auditions for Edward and Jordan. (These videos are no longer availabe.)

The following YouTube videos are no longer available:
Neil Croswell's audition:


Clips from Ryan Joyce's audition:

Lucas Wilson's audition:

From the Halifax and Vancouver Part 2 show (at about the 35 minute mark) we were treated to The Dance and Illusions of Oslen. From CGT Backstage, watch as Oslen celebrates his standing ovation backstage! 



They showed Neil, Ryan, Mike, Warren, Lucas, Edward and Oslen progressing to the next round!  Congratulations gentleman!  And thank you for doing such a wonderful job of representing magic!


Trivia:  Neil, Mike and Ryan are all Sorcerers Safari Alumni either as campers or counsellors!

14 March 2012

Got Talent: Toronto part 2

At the tail end of Canada's Got Talent (Episode 4, Winnipeg) at about the 44 minute mark they show a trailer for episode 5, Toronto Part 2.  It goes by super fast, but to these eyes it looks like this is a magic heavy episode!  I caught a glimpse of a shock of (Sorcerers Safari alumni?) hair doing a suspended straitjacket escape in addition to acts that looked very much like Ryan Joyce, Mike D'Urzo and Neil Croswell.

Can't wait to see how they represent!